Volunteer guides kick off project to help tourists in Tokyo
Japan Times -- Jun 19
There's help at last for those lost-looking foreigners wandering around Tokyo's most popular tourism destinations.

Teams of volunteer guides on Friday kicked off a campaign to approach confused visitors in Shinjuku and Ueno to see if they can help them out.

The 40 or so multilingual volunteers will roam the two districts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays wearing blue uniforms printed with the slogan "Omotenashi Tokyo," invoking the Japanese word for hospitality.

"Tokyo expects a further surge in tourists as the Olympics near," Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said at the project's launch Friday. "Nothing will be more helpful for them than being spoken to in their own languages. We would like to display such a spirit of hospitality," he said.

Most of the guides are proficient in English, and some can speak languages such as Chinese and Korean. They will approach visitors who look like they could use assistance and offer directions and other information using tablet computers or guidebooks.

オリンピック・パラリンピックに向け、チーム「おもてなし東京」がスタートしました。 東京都の観光ボランティアは、チーム「おもてなし東京」と名付けられ、そろいのユニホ­ームの2人1組が、街中で外国人旅行客に英語などで観光案内や道案内を行います。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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